Washington Nationals vs. Boston Red Sox: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 11, 2024

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May 11, 2024 7:41 AM
The Washington Nationals, leading the series 1-0, are set to take on the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, May 11 at 4:10 PM at Fenway Park. With the Nationals' impressive 12-8 road record, they'll look to capitalize on the Red Sox's struggling 7-10 home record. Can the Nats continue their winning ways or will the Sox bounce back in front of their home crowd?
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Nationals vs Red Sox starting pitchers

In the upcoming showdown between the Washington Nationals and the Boston Red Sox, Jake Irvin will take the mound for the Nationals, bringing a decent ERA of 3.72 and a WHIP of 1.19 to the game, having logged 38.2 innings with 30 strikeouts this season. His counterpart from the Red Sox, Cooper Criswell, boasts an impressive ERA of 1.74 and an even tighter WHIP of 1.06 over 20.2 innings, along with 16 strikeouts. This pitching matchup sets the stage for a potentially gripping encounter, with Criswell's stingier run allowance posing a significant challenge for the Nationals' lineup, while Irvin will look to leverage his experience over more innings pitched to keep the Red Sox hitters at bay.

Nationals vs Red Sox game preview

As the Washington Nationals gear up to face the Boston Red Sox, there's a lot to consider from Washington's side of the diamond. With Jake Irvin taking the mound, the Nationals have a variable presence in pitching that could sway the game's outcome. Offensively, the Nationals have struggled to find consistency, ranking low in runs scored, hits, and team batting average. However, they dominate in stolen bases, tied for first in MLB, which highlights their aggressive base running and could pose a strategic advantage against Boston's defensive setup. The Nationals need standout performances from leaders like Luis Garcia Jr., who boasts a team-high .318 batting average and has knocked in the most RBIs, and CJ Abrams, who leads with seven home runs. This game could be an opportunity for the Nationals to leverage their speed and improve their standings if they manage to combine it effectively with clutch hitting.

On the other side, the Boston Red Sox come into this match-up with a more favorable statistical backdrop. Cooper Criswell will start as pitcher, presenting a less-tested arm that will need to hold up against the Nationals’ fleet-footed baserunners. Offensively, the Red Sox are potent, placing within the top 15 across key metrics including hits, runs scored, and they have maintained a superior team batting average compared to the Nationals. Key players like Rafael Devers, who leads the team with a .280 batting average, and Tyler O'Neill, the home run leader with nine, must continue their offensive production. Additionally, Boston's runners left on base stat is notably high, suggesting potential yet untapped during scoring chances. Continuing to convert these opportunities will be crucial against a Nationals team looking to exploit any lapse in focus or execution.

Boston Red Sox injuries

  • Andrew Politi (RP): Day-To-Day
  • Jeremy Wu-Yelland (SP): Day-To-Day
  • Mikey Romero (SS): Day-To-Day
  • Brayan Bello (SP): 15-Day-IL
  • Cutter Coffey (3B): Day-To-Day

Washington Nationals injuries

    How to Watch the Nationals vs Red Sox

    The Nationals vs. Red Sox game will be televised on NESN and is scheduled for Sat 4:10 PM.

    Nationals vs Red Sox predictions

    The Nats are coming to town, and I'm telling you, they're gonna bring the heat. CJ Abrams is gonna be a problem, folks. I'm talking 2-4 with a double and a run scored. That kid's a baller. And don't even get me started on Luis Garcia - he's gonna go yard, mark my words. 2-3 with a homer and 2 RBIs. The Nationals are gonna need him to come up big if they wanna take down the Sox.

    On the other side, the Red Sox are looking fierce. Rafael Devers is gonna be the difference maker - 2-4 with a homer and 2 RBIs, easy. And don't sleep on Jarren Duran, he's gonna be a nightmare on the basepaths, going 2-4 with a double and a stolen base. Tyler O'Neill is gonna bring the power, going yard and driving in 2. If the Nats don't bring their A-game, the Sox are gonna light them up.

    So, who's gonna take it? I'm gonna have to go with my gut and say the Red Sox take it 6-4. The Nats' pitching just isn't there, and the Sox are gonna feast on Jake Irvin. I know the Nats have been hot lately, but the Sox are due for a win, and Fenway's gonna be rocking. Take the Sox and the over, folks.

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